While hashtagging your wedding for people to post on social media is fun, do you know what’s even more fun? Setting up a real photobooth. With props. And custom logos and backgrounds. And a camera that won’t be at the mercy of low lighting, get blurry or run out of juice part way through the night.
Since their debut, photobooths have remained a fixture at many weddings, giving you and your guests a fun activity to do. And in the case of Las Vegas wedding, they can add yet another level of Sin City fun to your wedding night. Dress up the booth with Elvis sunglasses, huge blinged-out $ sign necklaces and feather boas for people to play with. Not convinced? Check out the photographic evidence…
Lightweight, portable and fun, there’s a whole new generation of photobooths for your Vegas wedding. These photobooths even allow you to set them up in hotel suite receptions. Taylored Photo Memories has one of these amazing mobile photobooths which packs down to about the size of a suitcase, meaning that it can get up to your hotel wedding party without anyone knowing. (Except for all the fun photo evidence you have the next day!)
Taylored Photo Memories has a variety of packages for their modern wedding photobooth, but I like the Double Down Package best. It gives you the best bang for your buck as it includes:
delivery, setup and teardown
two hours of photobooth time
one print per photo session with three photos a strip
an on-site technician
custom print design that will match your wedding theme.
Also included? The fun part: props!
All this for $575. Add-ons are also available, including social media sharing, duplicate prints, a guestbook, different backdrops, additional time and more. Inquire for exact pricing or head here to see more example images.
What else is awesome about them? Well, of course, the high-quality camera and lighting equipment. But these booths also accommodate large groups (no more squeezing everyone in behind the curtain!) include many different backgrounds (including some Vegas landmarks) and on-site printing and help from an on-site attendant. Great when people start to enjoy the cocktails a little later into the night.
To top off the awesomeness that are Taylored Photo Memories’ mobile Vegas wedding photobooths, they are also giving away a photobooth package to one lucky couple. Yup! You could win a photobooth for your Vegas wedding.
So what’s included with this prize?
two hours of photobooth fun
set up and tear down
fun props and awesome photos!
Entering is easy. Just use the entry form below. (Don’t see it? Try here.)
You get extra entries if you use the form to tweet about the contest or if you Instagram a photo of you and your husband or wife-to-be (be sure to tag @tayloredphoto and use hashtag #vegasweddingphotobooth when you do so we can find it!)
Contest closes: Midnight (Mountain Time zone) on November 14, 2014
This contest is open to international entrants, however any travel fees to Las Vegas and wedding reception costs are the responsibility of the couple and their guests.
The winning wedding date must take place between November 21 2014 and February 28 2015. Date subject to availability
Taylored Photo Memories reserves the right to substitute a similar prize of equivalent or greater value should the prize be unavailable. None of the prizes may be exchanged or transferred and there is no cash value
Copyright of publicity will belong to Taylored Photo Memories. Wedding photos may be featured on wedding blogs and sites in the future
Winner will be chosen at random from the entries received and notified via email within a week of contest closing date
Package includes: two hours of photobooth rental, props, an attendant, set-up and teardown, custom photo design with three photos a strip. Total prize value: approximately $575
The winner will be informed with in 72 hours of the contest close via email. The prize is not confirmed until you check if your date is available with Taylored Photo Memories
If you are finding yourself stressed about getting your wedding dress to your destination Las Vegas wedding, fear not! Editor Jemma at the You Mean The World To Me destination wedding blog is here to help with a guest post on the topic.
With tips on what to look for in a wedding dress if you haven’t gone shopping yet, what to ask for when on board with your dress and what to do when you arrive at your destination, she’s got all your questions covered.
You’ve booked your venue, your wedding planning is well underway and then you suddenly think: “How am I going to take my wedding dress on a plane?” Well, never fear! Here’s some practical advice and top tips to get you started, with an action plan for taking your wedding dress on a plane.
If you’ve not bought your dress yet, bear in mind that chiffon or silk dresses are more lightweight to carry and easier to pack for destination weddings, plus any little creases your dress might get will drop out pretty easily.
Beware Budget Airlines
When it comes to booking your flights for your wedding, consider that it might be worth spending a little bit more money so that you fly with an airline that is more flexible in terms of hold and hand luggage allowances. Many “budget” airlines have very strict rules on the size and specification of luggage.
Once you have your flights booked, speak directly to the airline for their advice in terms of taking a wedding dress on their aircraft as every airline has different policies.
Once Onboard The safest route is to take your dress in the cabin with you. I wouldn’t recommend checking your wedding dress just incase your suitcase or luggage is delayed, ends up on the wrong flight or gets lost.
Hanging your dress — Some airlines will hang your dress bag up in the first class wardrobe if there is space (call ahead and ask the airline and ask if this is a possibility.) This option is more likely with summer destination weddings, if you are coming from a colder climate because there will be fewer passengers with coats to hang up.
There is the risk that the airline might say that they are unable to hang your dress up once you board the flight (even if their customer services team said it might be a possibility) and the air stewards may ask you to put your dress in the overhead bins.
Boxing your dress — If your airline can not guarantee that they will be able to hang your dress bag up for you and you are not keen on the idea that you might have to fold it in the overhead bins, check out the hand luggage size allowed on your flight and purchase a dress box. A dress box that fits to the hand luggage size specifications for your flight will ensure that your dress is packaged, easy to carry and you will know for definite that you will have no problems taking it on the flight as hand luggage.
Do also check if you can take one or two items on as hand luggage as you will most likely want a bag with you as well as your dress. Many low-cost airlines have strict rules about having one piece of hand luggage only and that the item you have must fit within their sizing rules.
Make sure that any wedding dress box that you buy comes with white acid-free tissue paper. Use the tissue paper to pack and protect the dress and to avoid creases.
Better dry cleaners sell wedding dress boxes with acid-free paper and they may even pack your dress for you. Your bridal shop may also have this service or know somewhere locally that they can suggest. You can also order destination wedding dress boxes online and find packing videos and guidance on YouTube.
Arriving in Las Vegas
When you arrive at your hotel, check your dress over and then hang it up (in its protective bag) to let any small creases fall out and to ensure that it doesn’t get knocked or marked before the big day.
Plan where you will hang your dress; maybe you won’t want it hanging in your room where your future husband could take a sneaky peek!
You can always turn the shower on hot in your hotel bathroom, close the door until the room becomes steamy and use the steam to help any creases to drop out of your dress. Make sure you hang the dress in a clean, dry area of the bathroom!
(Kelly here: there are a few people in the Las Vegas area who specialize in steaming your dress when it arrives. Debi at Fit for a Bride comes highly recommended and will even pick up your dress for you, although her location is very close to The Strip.)
If you need any further advice or inspiration for your destination wedding, then head on over to You Mean The World To Me!
When I asked several brides a few weeks ago to share things they wished they changed about their Las Vegas weddings, a common complaint was that they wish they had picked a lighter/cooler/airier wedding dress.
I thought I would draw up a list of options of wedding dresses with shorter lengths or lighter materials, perfect for a hot Vegas wedding. These dress are budget-friendly, but still high on fashion.
Lace, one-shoulder detailing, minimal and modern designs as well as some Vegas-friendly retro wedding dresses are featured. And all of these wedding dresses are under $700. Full disclosure: some are bridesmaid’s dresses, but your secret is safe with me.
Arrive to or depart your wedding in a memorable fashion using one of these unique Las Vegas wedding transportation options. Traditional, vintage, quirky and more, with some options chauffeured, some self-driven, some for larger groups and some for just you two.
Use these transportation methods to ride out to Red Rock Canyon, tour the lights on The Strip, cruise downtown or make a stop at the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign. From tricked out party buses with champagne and stripper poles to luxury once-in-a-lifetime rides, travel in style with these 17 different options.
Oversized Monster Limos + Party Buses
Party Bus from Presidential Limo Seats 30, $175 an hour
Party bus, indeed! This ultra limo coach bus includes a media service with music and videos, a stripper pole and a stocked bar with 2 bottles of complimentary sparkling cider, bottled water, ice and glassware.
Stretch F650 Truck from EarthLimos Seats 30, $145 an hour
This stretch truck features a smoke machine, fiber-optic lighting, and comfy seating for up to 30 of your closet friends.
Monster H2 Stretch Hummer from Presidential Limo Seats 14, $125 an hour
This unique stretch Hummer H2 includes features like multiple TVs, fiber-optic laser lighting and a stocked bar with complimentary sparkling cider, bottled water, ice and glassware.
Harley Davidson Ford Truck Limo from NTS Limo Seats 21, Contact NTS for Rates
This special edition Harley Davidson themed Ford truck limo is a party on wheels with a color changing floor and ceiling, bars, five TVs, laser lighting and more.
Big Blue Limo Truck from NTS Limo Seats 45, Contact NTS for Rates
Big Blue is apparently the world’s largest street legal limo and was custom made. 6′ of headspace in the interior, 11 TVs, laser and LED lighting, stairs (!), three VIP areas and more.
Dodge Challenger Limo from Exotic Limousines
Seats 10, Contact Exotic Limousines for Rates
Stretch Hummers are so 2003. Try this Dodge Challenger Stretch Limo. Includes two TVs, a booming sound system, LED light show and more.
Double Decker Bus from Double Decker Bus of Las Vegas
Seats 72, From $200 an hour
This bus seats 44 guests on the upper deck and 28 below. You are allowed to bring your own liquor, but no glass containers are allowed. Gets hot in the summer, but a great choice the rest of the year to give your guests an open air tour of The Strip.
1928 Cadillac from Seiji Limo Seats 4, $300 an hour
Take it back to the Roaring 20s with this classic Cadillac with perfectly vintage touches. Great for Great Gatsby themed weddings or just looking great as you pull up to the ceremony.
1972 Cadillac Eldorado from Fantasy Car Rental
Seats 4, $495 a day (no chauffeur)
Cruise around in this classic Caddy. A great way to see Las Vegas in style, not to mention use in photos. Other vintage rides for rent include an Olds 442 Convertible, 1970 Cadillac DeVille Eldorado and more.
Retro Airstream Trailer from Airstream2Go Sleeps 4, From $1,740 for three days
I suppose you might want to have the right location to use this wedding day transportation — Neon Museum, Eldorado Canyon or Red Rock Canyon might make great choices. Makes a great photo opp prop, not to mention honeymoon suite.
Vintage Rickshaw from Elephants on Parade Seats 2, $450 with driver
Human-powered is a pretty eco-friendly way to get to your wedding. Might make a great options for Springs Preserve or downtown Las Vegas wedding venues
Horse and Carriage from MBs Horse and Carriage Seats 6, $600 an hour
The classic horse and carriage is all that some couples dream about, and this Las Vegas company makes it a reality. Arrive via this romantic mode of transportation, perfect for classic country club weddings. Horse-drawn carriages are not permitted on Las Vegas Boulevard or nearby streets.
Bentley Flying Spur from Fantasy Car Rentals
Seats 4, $795 a day (no chauffeur, partial day rates available)
Ride like the high rollers do around the Vegas streets in this classic Bentley sedan valued at more than $200,000.
Quirky + Crazy
Mexican Themed Bus from Tijuana Trolley Company
Seats 25, Contact TTC for Rates
Stuffed full of fiesta flavor this charming one-of-a-kind ride is more about the fun than the looks. If you aren’t willing to do something weird, you probably shouldn’t get married in Las Vegas, after all. (Luche libre driver included)
Gondola from Lake Las Vegas Gondolas Seats 2, Contact Lake Las Vegas Gondola Adventures for Rates
Get married on one of these Lake Las Vegas gondolas, or arrive or exit your ceremony at one of the hotel venues along the shoreline in a totally romantic manner.
Slotzilla Zipline at Fremont Street Experience Seats 2, From $20 a ride
Arrive in style (and at 40 miles per hour) to your wedding on the west end of Fremont via a 10 story zipline. Two different lines offer a sitting or “superman” position. Certainly memorable!
Oversized Bicycle from Cycle Pub Vegas Seats 15, $240 for 6 people, each additional person is $40
Not only is this oversized bicycle wired for sound and decorate-able, it’s a cool and fun way to tour Fremont after your downtown wedding. No alcohol allowed on board, but you can stop at many bars on the tour to toast.
As a follow up to the post earlier this week of advice from real brides and grooms on the things they would have done differently at their Las Vegas weddings, I thought I might share some more of the common pitfalls when planning a wedding in Vegas.
These 15 nuggets of Vegas wedding planning advice are especially true if you are planning a destination wedding but have never visited the city before, but I think even local brides and grooms will find some pearls of wisdom in this post.
SCHEDULING TOO MANY WEDDING EVENTS
Yes, Las Vegas is exciting and if you are getting married there, you are probably already a convert. And sure it’s great that you have planned an event every day for your wedding guests to enjoy while they are in Sin City — but give them some personal time, too! Overplanning not only leads to your exhaustion, but your guests’, too, and just creates a more demanding, less relaxing wedding.
CHOOSING VENUES THAT ARE TOO FAR APART
I know, it’s hard not to want to have it all. The retro downtown vibe, the beautiful desert scenery and those amazing lights and restaurants on the Strip. And most are all within a half hour of each other. But instead of trying to do it all, limit the number of venues you choose and how far from each other they are. Even better, choose your ceremony and reception to be in the same place. If you must host in a few different locations, try to provide transportation for your guests to keep them on schedule and from getting confused. Do you really want your guests to remember how long they sat on a bus on your wedding day instead of the amazing events you put together?
PICKING THE WRONG SEASON
May through August is traditionally the big wedding season in North America … except Las Vegas. It’s hot and many vendors take some time off because of that and … did I mention it’s hot? It can be less expensive to hold your wedding during these months which is attractive, but try for an early evening wedding, keep it indoors and try to make yourself and your guests as comfortable as you can. Here are some more summer wedding tips.
NOT HOSTING A RECEPTION
Yes, weddings are expensive. But if you have asked guests to come with you to your destination wedding, please, PLEASE, provide even a small cocktail reception for them. It’s only courteous. Even a couple of pizzas from Secret Pizza and cases of beer from Walgreens served up in your suite will likely only run you $25 a person. It may not be classy, but neither is providing nothing at all. You might seriously consider eloping if you can’t even give your invited guests a small celebration.
BOOKING TOO SMALL OF A VENUE
The Wraparound Suites at Cosmopolitan are beautiful, I agree. But really, they are best for groups of up to 15. Standing shoulder to shoulder and being barely able to move should be reserved for college parties, not your wedding ceremony. Pick a suite or venue that is well-sized for your wedding, not just because you like the view or decor.
MIS-ESTIMATING THE GUESTLIST
It’s really easy to over or underestimate the number of guests that will come to your wedding. For most destination weddings, just 40-50% of invited guests will actually attend, with the number being a little higher for Las Vegas. Leave a lot of time for RSVPs and let people know as far in advance you are planning a destination wedding. Vacation time and travel budgets must be accommodated.
GOING HARD WITH PRE-WEDDING PARTYING
Avoid the siren song of the casino bar the night before your wedding. Rest up, relax and enjoy a nightcap in your room if you must, but avoid the smoke-filled casino floors and nightclubs. Before you know it, it may be 5am and you haven’t gotten a wink of sleep.
NOT STAYING HYDRATED
Every time I come home from Las Vegas, I always wonder if I should buy stock in my favorite skin moisturizer’s company as I deplete yet another bottle. The desert is dry, so keep your skin (body and face), lips and hair well moisturized and drink more water than you need. The wedding aisle is no place for dehydration or flaky skin. While you’re at it, consider a refreshment station for guests at your outdoor ceremony.
GETTING THAT POOL TIME IN
If you come from a very wintery place like I do, it’s tough to avoid wanting to “catch up on the sun” and sit by the pool. Save the cabana rentals for after the wedding, get an umbrella, slather on that sunscreen and limit your time in the sun. Go for an airbrush tan if you must. Sunburns do not look very timeless in wedding photos.
BEING TOO SHY TO UPGRADE
Las Vegas loves weddings. Tell anyone you can that you are in the city to get married, from the airline check-in agent and hotel clerk to restaurant hostesses and spa attendants. And if that fails, you can always try the $20 trick for a suite upgrade. Don’t be shy! There’s no shame in asking and you receive a real bonus perk.
LETTING LOOSE WITH THE BUDGET
Budgets are a slippery slope. If you keep close track of your budget and remain aware of it even up until the morning of the wedding, it is less likely to happen. It’s easy to spend more than you anticipated in Las Vegas on non-wedding events, be it on a meal, a round of cocktails or pre-wedding gambling.
INSISTING ON A TRADITIONAL REGISTRY
When I think of carrying delicate things home on an airplane I always think of the episode of Seinfeld where Jerry is burdened by a wedding gift he thinks is fragile but is actually just a welcome mat. Either have guests ship gifts to your home, have a gift opening back home or set up an alternative registry like these modern recommendations from Zola.
NOT SOAKING IN THE GLOW
Revel in the attention you get as you walk through the casino, and happily pose for photos by well-wishers. Las Vegas loves love, judging by the reaction newlyweds get when they are spotted in the city. Take a moment to really appreciate and enjoy the attention from strangers and your loved ones, alike.
RELYING ON THE STRIP FOR TRANSPORTATION
If you need to travel around the city because you have a wedding ceremony and reception in two different locations, avoid The Strip. It’s a traffic jam for most of the day and will cause delays, not only for you, but your guests. Also that Vegas bus tour you planned? You might be stuck in traffic for a lot of it, so plan accordingly.
UNDERESTIMATING THE SIZE AND SCALE OF STRIP HOTELS
On Google Maps, the distance between hotels doesn’t look so bad — Bellagio is right next door to Caesars Palace, after all! But getting from your hotel room, down through the lobby, out to The Strip where you wrangle with crowds to the next hotel and then into the deep convention area where the chapels normally are, can take a long time. Longer than you thought. Especially when you’re wearing fancy wedding day shoes.